Coming off what was probably the best win of the season with a 111-109 win in Portland on Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder put on a dismal performance inside Chesapeake Energy arena on Sunday night falling to the Washington Wizards 116-98.
This was nothing short of a disappointing loss for the Thunder seeing as the Wizards have had a struggling season and came in with a 4-17 record on the road. Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks said it best during his pregame media availability as he highlighted key factors his team needed to zone in on to get the win tonight.
“We cannot turn the ball over,” Brooks said. “This [the Thunder] is the best team in creating steals and forcing turnovers.”
The Wizards were able to limit their turnovers to only nine, while the Thunder had 14, eight of which came from Russell Westbrook who picked up his 12th triple-double of the season at 22-15-13.
Westbrook shot 9-23 from inside the paint and 2-5 from downtown, but as he’s said before, he knows how to make noise in different aspects of the game when he’s not on fire offensively.
Steven Adams, who was held to only six points in the game against the Trail Blazers on Friday night, picked up 6 quick points in under six minutes. He finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Paul George played a heavy role in keeping the Thunder within arms reach even when trailing by hitting a couple of crucial 3’s, staying out of foul trouble, and forcing two of the Wizards’ nine turnovers. George ended the night with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Alex Abrines remained out for the Thunder for personal reasons unable to be shared, and his return to the Thunder is unknown.
This comes out to be the Thunder’s worst loss of the season falling to a team who has had an abysmal season, but with an 82-game season, nights like this are bound to happen to even the best teams.
The Thunder fall to 25-14 in the season, 13-5 on their home court, and will prepare to host the Tom Thibodeau-less Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday with a tip set for 7 p.m.
Watch below for a postgame wrap-up including postgame pressers from Billy Donovan, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George.